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The Ferryman

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  254 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In this riveting novel from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author, a woman and her lover are stalked by Charon-the mysterious Ferryman from Greek mythology.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Oct 01, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
lassic. Haunting. Blood-tingling.

The plot is intricate, quick-witted, and familiar. Gripping you from the first page, Golden lures you in using your morbid fascination and empathy against you. And that’s just the first chapter. Following the two main characters on their journey to find closure and rediscover each other, you soon learn that sometimes what you leave behind doesn’t always stay there. Dipping into myth, legend and spirituality, this story will test your ability to hope, and courage
Christopher Obert
Oct 26, 2009 Christopher Obert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friends, read-2010
A perfectly haunting tale of “The” boatman of the river Styx; which makes you never look at water the same way again. Chris’ superb story telling carried me along, like the flow of the Styx, to a place fill with danger and suspense. The tale was not too bloody or gory, as is so many horror tales today, but had just the right mix of suspense, mystery and plan old fashion fear that left me wanting more and more. I look forward to being scared again!
Aug 31, 2012 Bandit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had fairly high hopes for Christopher Golden. He's been published a lot, made best selling lists, edited very excellent New Dead anthology. Maybe Ferryman is just not a great representation of its talents. The book was just so exceptionally bland, the writing...average at best, serviceable, but never beyond that, the characters were mostly too two dimensional to care about, the moral in the end so very heavy handed. I'm a fan of greek mythology and Golden picked such a dark interesting figure ...more
Apr 06, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Wading through this book was an unexpected chore. Take a glorified soap-opera plot and mix in a brainless, watered-down horror element, and basically you end up with a book like this. The novel starts out with David, a literature teacher, trying to rekindle a romantic relationship with Janine, who had broken his heart long ago when she left him in order to reconnect with an old flame--a man who eventually dropped her like a bad habit when she became pregnant, but changed his mind after she misca ...more
Randolph Carter
Jan 18, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, fiction
A goofy bit of suburban horror that never really does much. Kind of like those TV programs you watch that aren't very good but seem to be part of the family and give you a warm homey feeling even when you are alone.

A woman has a near death experience in childbirth. Charon the ferryman of the River Styx (not that Mr. Roboto band) gets the hots for the near-death gal and all watery hell breaks loose. Some nice people are menaced by some dead people. The usual cadre of disposable characters die: e
Jul 28, 2010 Blair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A fantastic read. Clean, precise narrative with affable characters that push the pacing of the book nicely. Pared down to strike at the heart of the plot. I finished this book in a day. I literally read at any opportunity afforded me. The story is chilling and draws the readers in from the first page. There were no frills, bells or whistles; just a truly haunting story of life and death. Each character deals with a certain type of loss or guilt throughout the story and the prose flushes it out w ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Manda rated it liked it
This took a long time for me to actually get into it. Well, that's not completely true, either. The introduction was fine, then it took about 150 pages for me to really care again.

It's an interesting premise-- Charon, the Greek ferryman of the Styx (the river, not the band) falling in lust with a human woman who spurns him. In this version of that myth, upon death (or near death apparently) you get coins to pay the ferryman to take you across the river to purgatory in this book. If what I recall
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Dec 21, 2011 Ash rated it liked it
What strikes me most about this book is that the author has a wonderful way with words. From the first page I was struck by his use of language, his deep and riveting descriptions, the almost poetic way he allows events to unfold. That alone makes a book worth reading to some extent.

The story was solid, but not ground-breaking. I would put him a slight notch above most of Dean Koontz's plots (Odd Thomas excluded), and a couple of notches below Mr. King. It's an interesting and compelling read, b
Bert Edens
Mar 15, 2013 Bert Edens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always fascinated when I read reviews on a book and they are either overwhelmingly positive or the mirror opposite. It makes me wonder what it was about the book that evoked such strong emotions one way or another.

With this offering, I believe Golden brought an interesting twist to the story of Charon. This is ultimately a love story, a triumph of good over evil, and a test of the will of the characters. I like the way Golden developed the characters. My only disappointments were in the Let'
May 09, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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Mar 21, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it
Didn't feel like the back actually told what the book was like at all. Character development was...ok. Storyline was...meh. Parts would be building, building, then completely drop off. We find out about this person or that situation, then it was almost as if he completely forgot where he was going with it. The most interesting part happened in the last few chapters, but even at that it felt just as disjointed as the rest of the book. I feel as if the tense moments could have been built upon a wh ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Nancy added it
Didn't finish this one. Got about a third of the way in and found that I had absolutely no interest in the protagonist, her boyfriends and what ultimately happens to any of them. Not a badly written book, just boring and extremely formulaic. I really was annoyed by the idea that Charon left the River Styx to come in search of this woman...WHY? What reason could there be for this obsession after a one time meeting when she almost died? I really did not care to find out the outcome of any of the c ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Overall I think this book was just okay. It has an interesting story line, Jeannine dies during a pregnancy complication and somehow attracts the eye of Charon. Story ensues. However, there are points where the story gets caught up in sexual tension, that it sort of gets droll. The characters are usually pretty interesting, but there are moments where they just sort of feel contrived and forced.

Like I said, overall it was okay. It was an entertaining read, but it isn't something I'd recommend.
Dec 04, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok
I picked this book up because my Kiddo is fluent in Greek mythology and I recognized the name of one of the characters. That was pretty much the saving grace...the story was okay, but far from 'powerful and haunting' as it states on the cover.
There's a tad bit of mystery at the beginning and a little creepiness toward the middle and from there on it becomes pretty predictable...

So, I guess if you're sitting in an airport or on a bus, this will keep you reasonably good company.
Nov 22, 2007 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic tale! The Ferryman, though more straightforward than Gary A. Braunbeck's In Silent Graves , is no less lyrical and haunting than Braunbeck's work.

Golden is an author every horror and dark fantasy fan should read!
Sylvia Marquez
Jul 27, 2010 Sylvia Marquez rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
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Jan 14, 2008 H3yd00 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006
I'd anticipated reading this book for a year before I finally found a copy. Intriguing concept, nice use of Greek mythology, lots of suspense and buildup.

I loved The Boys Are Back In Town, also by Golden. This book was a good read, but The Boys will remain my favorite of his.
Mar 22, 2009 Cristina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like a little thrill
Once again, I see why I love this author. The words just flow! Believable characters in a hard to believe situation, in a familiar location - wish I knew where Bookaccino existed! But what have a learned? question everything!
Jennifer Wilson
Jul 10, 2011 Jennifer Wilson rated it liked it
This was my first time reading anything by Mr. Golden. I really liked the character development and the unique aspects of the story that I was not expecting from the summary. I felt the ending was wrapped up a little too neatly with a pretty bow, but the progression of the story was really good.
May 11, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
The Ferryman is a bit darker and more introspective than most of Golden's other work, with a little less action and more subtle characterizations. He uses mythology to good effect, and a somewhat complex plot provides a satisfyingly thoughtful read.
Aug 30, 2010 Paula rated it liked it
Actually I'd give this a 3.5--creepy and well done.
The Fairy Godmother
Based on Greek mythology, specifically Charon, who ferries the souls of the dead to Hades.
Jennifer Niskanen
Not bad but not strikingly original really. Neil Gaiman does this sort of thing much better in my opinion.
Jun 09, 2010 Cyndie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est assez confus. L'histoire est bien trouvé, pourtant, il y a comme une gêne. C'est cependant un livre que je recommande.
Stacey Chancellor
Jul 20, 2009 Stacey Chancellor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-do-not-own
A fun and haunting book that I really enjoyed. Good stuff.
Rui Ma
Jun 11, 2016 Rui Ma rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
It is a smooth read,but story could be plot better
Dec 08, 2008 Mike rated it did not like it
This book is like a poorly made sci-fi movie. I was laughing at how ridiculous the plot was. I have no idea why I finished it.
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Barb Slegers holmes rated it it was ok
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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